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Student email switches August 11 to Office 365

August 5, 2016

Outlook logoNIU’s Division of Information Technology (DoIT) will begin Thursday, Aug. 11, to switch student email from Gmail to Office 365. During the week-long transition, students can receive email in either Gmail or Office 365 until the switch is complete.

Student Considerations

  • DoIT will not move student email and files from Google Apps to Office 363. To retain your data, follow these directions. This can be done through Dec. 16, 2016.
  • Students will have access to the entire Office 365 suite, including email, OneDrive, Skype and Office downloads for 400 days after graduation. After 400 days, the account will go through multiple states before data deletion. To keep an NIU email address after a year, consider joining the NIU Alumni Association.

Faculty Considerations

  • Because students will have diminished availability to their email during the days between Thursday, Aug. 11, and Thursday, Aug. 18, it is suggested to limit student email communications during the transition week if possible.

For information regarding calendaring, the discontinuation of Google Sites and other information about Office 365 for Education, see the DoIT website. For more information, or support, contact the DoIT Service Desk at (815) 753-8100 or [email protected]